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Flower wants to stick around to see England bloom again

Andy Flower is all in favour of a review into England's Ashes failings this winter and appears intent on staying on as coach in the months and years ahead.

Flower will meet the new managing director of the England and Wales Cricket Board, Paul Downton, to discuss his future following a defeat in Melbourne which leaves the tourists 4-0 down in the series with one match to play, stating in Sydney on Friday.

"I think it would be absolutely right to look into the reasons why we haven't done well in this series," said Flower said. "I also think it's important that [you do that] when you have a very successful series. So, for example after the 2010-11 series here, there was a report done on why it was successful."

"I will be meeting with him [Downton] in Sydney, and we will talk about the future of the leadership of the national team with regards the coach's position. But I'm very motivated to contribute to English cricket, and that's what I'm going to do.

"I think the prospect of building a new, successful England side would excite any coach. The England job is one of the bigger jobs in international cricket, and I'm very proud to have been a part of it so far.

"I think any coach would be excited working with players like [Joe] Root and [Ben] Stokes. But in the immediate term, we must strive to avoid that whitewash."

n Jacques Kallis said he could not have asked for a better finish to his Test career after South Africa beat India by 10 wickets in the second Test in Durban to win the two-match series 1-0. Kallis retired from Test cricket with a century on his final appearance as the hosts finished off India on the final day.

The 38-year-old, who had announced on Christmas Day he would be retiring from Test cricket at the end of the series, scored 115 to mark his final match with his 45th century in the longest form of the international game. After 18 years as a Test cricketer in which he scored 13,289 runs in 166 matches, taking 292 wickets and 200 catches, Kallis admitted it had not been an easy decision to make.

"It was a tough call. There are some days when you wake up and you know it's the right time. I just know it was the right time and what a way to finish it off. It's been incredible, the way the people have come out to support me, the way Cricket South Africa have made it a special game. I couldn't ask for a better exit."

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